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Community meetings to tackle menace

Delhi Police intend to tackle the problem of stunt bikers by getting to its root. Faizan Haidar reports.
Hindustan Times | By Faizan Haidar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2013 12:47 AM IST

Delhi Police intend to tackle the problem of stunt bikers by getting to its root.

The police have chalked out a plan to meet leaders of communities and resident welfare associations to push for reining in the reckless gangs that invade the city's roads at night. A report prepared by the force details the identities of the bikers and how they risk their lives while performing the stunts.

"The city's smooth, near-empty roads attract the bikers," said a police officer. "They don't wear any safety gear while performing stunts and are so reckless that they've hurt two policemen already. Six of the motorcyclists and 81 of the vehicles were seized in one day," he added.

The police maintain there is a pressing need to control the bikers. "We got as many as 27 complaints in an hour from the New Delhi area. Those calling us talked of misbehaviour, harassment, road blocks and stone pelting. Around 500 bikers descend on the area at a time. This gets repeated every weekend," the officer said.

The complaints pour in mostly from India Gate, Vijay Chowk, W-Point and Purana Quila areas and Shershah Suri Marg and Race Course Road. Jaswant Singh Road and Maan Singh Marg are the other favourites for the bikers.

According to sources in the police, most of the bikers are from Seelampur, Jamia, Sangam Vihar, Tilak Nagar and the Walled City. Police officers plan to hold public meetings in the areas.

"On Shab-e-Baraat, we asked religious leaders to appeal to the youth to desist from rowdy behaviour, but their appeals did not work. While a crackdown on bikers is one way of tackling the problem, we must get to the root of the problem. The parents need to ensure that their children are not out on bikes late at night," he added.

"Ask the people travelling with their families who've been harassed by the bikers. It's something no one wants to have to deal with. We have to make sure that there is no harassment and the bikers don't endanger their own lives," the police officer said.

Another 437 bikers were detained and 66 vehicles impounded from the other parts of the Capital the last time they took to the roads. From now on, the police will conduct joint checks with PCR personnel and traffic police at 17 vulnerable points in the New Delhi area to stop the bikers.

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